Many commonly employed strategies to map kinase activities in live cells require expression of genetically encoded proteins (e.g. FRET …

Oncology research is increasingly incorporating molecular detection of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) as a tool for cancer surveillance …



Real-time subcellular measurement of kinase activity without genetically engineered biosensor proteins

High efficiency, high purity isolation & characterization of rare disseminating tumor cells.

High efficiency, high purity isolation & characterization of rare disseminating tumor cells.

Recent & Upcoming Talks

OSU MAE Departmental Seminar - Invited Talk

Medical College of Wisconsin - Invited Talk

BMES Annual Meeting - Oral Presentation

AACR Pancreatic Cancer Advances in Science and Clinical Care - Invited Talk

Gordon Research Conference on Liquid Biopsy for Cancer - Selected Talk


Erica Pratt appointed to Molecular, Genetic and Cellular Targes of Cancer Training Program

Erica joins the Molecular, Genetic and Cellular Targes of Cancer Training Program at University of Minnesota. The Training Program is an interdisciplinary with the goal of developing future independent investigators who will pursue research into the etiology and treatment of cancer.

Erica Pratt receives Mistletoe Research Fellowship

Erica was awarded the Mistletoe Research Fellowship for her research on liquid biopsy applications in translational oncology. The award provides research grants to postdoctoral fellows and advanced PhD candidates as well as providing opportunities to collaborate with startups with a high potential for social and humanitarian impact.

Multiplex detection of oncogenic mutations - In Press

Erica’s work developing a novel digital PCR assay for detection of low prevalence mutations in clinical blood samples was recently accepted at Analytical Chemistry! Experimental details available at

Erica Pratt receives Cancer Disparities Research Network Early Career Scholarship

Erica was selected to receive a travel award to the US Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) annual conference. The scholarship was created to support junior and early stage investigators interested in cancer and cancer health disparities in their career development.

Erica Pratt to give plenary talk at AACR Special Conference on Pancreatic Cancer

Erica has been invited to give a plenary talk at the upcoming AACR conference presenting her research on blood-based early detection. The full conference program is available here:

Erica Pratt to chair first Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Liquid Biopsy for Cancer

Erica Pratt (UMich) and Karla Williams (UBC) will chair the first liquid biopsy GRS, a unique forum for students, postdoctoral fellows and other early career scientists to present unpublished data and discuss innovative ideas in a welcoming and highly interactive environment. The focus of the meeting will be on cutting edge advances in research and technologies interrogating biological fluids for the detection and monitoring of tumours.

Genetic profiling using microfluidic microdevices - In Press

Erica’s most recent work developing a strategy for high efficiency circulating tumor cell isolation and elution for single-cell copy number variation analysis is now up at Analytical Chemistry! Experimental details available at

Erica Pratt receives cancer biology training grant

Erica was recently awarded a competitive training grant from the Cancer Biology Training Program at University of Michigan. The Cancer Biology Training Program is an interdisciplinary program whose central goal is to train exceptional junior investigators to address fundamental biological problems related to human cancer.

Erica Pratt inducted into graduate honor society

Erica Pratt was inducted into the Cornell chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society in recognition for her excellence in scholarship, character, leadership, service, and advocacy. Press release:

Erica Pratt selected for Young Investigator Award

Erica was awarded a Young Investigator’s Award for the Cornell Center on Microenvironment and Metastasis for her proposal to develop functional assays on circulating tumor cells captured using GEDI microdevices.This program is designed to encourage Center postdocs and students to submit collaborative proposals for new research projects that advance the Center’s overall programmatic goal of advancing the science of energy conversion and storage by understanding and exploiting fundamental properties of active materials and their interfaces.